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Bruce Springsteen: Born to Ride. Born to Drive. Born to Run*****

“Bruce Springsteen did something different with the once tried-and-true car-song genre. These weren’t your typical paeans to Detroit’s legendary chromeboats. No, dangerous things happen in Springsteen’s cars — things that, in the blink of an eye, can change a life forever.  These weren’t your average tales of escape, either. No, that common trope was typically turned […]

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The Grand Tour *****

“The guys are back, doing what they do best—the chemistry between Jeremy, Richard and James is what makes The Grand Tour so entertaining,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO. Before sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner I fired up my iPad and watched the inaugural episode of The Grand Tour. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are […]

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1990 Mazda Miata: Pure, Simple, and Fun

1990 Mazda Miata This week I logged some wonderful miles behind the wheel of my 1990 Mazda Miata. This car occupies a special place in modern automotive history because back in 1990 it revolutionized the once dormant sports car market. The first-generation Miata was introduced in the fall of 1989. It was my sophomore year of college and I recall […]

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Pagani Huayra: Sports Car Market Cover Story

I really enjoy writing articles for Sports Car Market magazine. Archives of my prior articles can be found here. Last month, SCM’s editor Chester Allen asked me to write about the recent sale of a rare Pagani Huayra. This ultra-exclusive car was sold in March by RM Auctions for over $2 million at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The […]

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Behind the Wheel with Gotham Dream Cars

On Tuesday I spent the better part of the day test driving six exotic dream cars. I was invited by my business partner’s friend Eric Kahn of Bryan Cave LLP. Scheduled on my office calendar as a “business networking opportunity,” this was the boondoggle of a lifetime! I was instructed to report to Gotham Dream Cars in Englewood Cliffs […]

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Sarah and I are in LA for a Jan’s wedding. Leaving LAX and driving up the 405 I could not help but think about the classic 1991 film LA Story. The movie is a clever spoof on life in Los Angeles and is actually based on William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Steve Martin plays […]

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Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman*****

Paul Newman was a Renaissance man. A father, actor, philanthropist, and racecar driver. The recent documentary by Adam Carolla chronicles Paul’s astonishing 35-year racing career. The film is an authentic showcase of his life as a competitive driver and racecar owner. The film is well researched and contains great original footage. Interviews with Turtle Garage friend Bob Sharp give […]

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Corinthian Leather and Darth Vader: Memorable Automobile Commercials

Every so often a car commercial comes along that just makes us laugh and smile. Some ads like Chrysler’s unforgettable 1970’s Cordoba commercials make you want to cry. I went deep into the archives and unearthed some ancient classics. I also found several modern commercials that are poised to become future classics. The TV commercials […]

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Go Like Hell *****

For Enzo Ferrari, the internal-combustion engine was a symbol of life. It had revolutionized society. He had watched it all happen during his lifetime. He spoke of automobiles as if they were animate. Cars possessed unique behaviors. They breathed through carburetors. They were skinned with metal. “Ferrari’s aim,” he once told a reporter, addressing himself […]

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